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Anti-LGBT pastor: ‘Fraud’ John Oliver wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a debate with me

Anti-gay pastor Scott Lively angrily challenged Last Week Tonight host John Oliver to a debate after Oliver featured him as part of a segment on U.S. Christian influence on Uganda’s draconian restrictions on homosexuality, Right Wing Watch reported. “I’m calling out John Oliver as a liar and a fraud who…

Rupert Murdoch’s interest in Time Warner fuels industry speculation

By Ronald Grover LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch jets into Idaho’s Sun Valley next week for the year’s most exclusive tech and media industry gathering, armed with both the money and the appetite for a major deal. The 83-year-old Twenty-First Century Fox Inc chief executive officer, a regular at…

Monty Python promise smut, laughs, and astrophysics for reunion shows

Cult British comedy troupe Monty Python promised Monday their long-awaited reunion shows in London would feature scantily clad dancers and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking — alongside the inevitable dead parrot. The five surviving members of the group — John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones — open…

Anti-LGBT twins compare reality TV show cancellation to martyrdom, D-Day, ‘Braveheart’

A pair of anti-LGBT twins compared losing their proposed reality TV show to religious martyrdom, the D-Day invasion, and the movie “Braveheart” earlier this month at a religious right gathering. “We just remember June the 6th, 1944,” said Jason Benham at the Road to Majority conference. “We know what happened…

Actor Don Cheadle crowdfunding to make biopic of jazz icon Miles Davis

US actor Don Cheadle is perhaps best known as Robert Downey Jr’s sidekick in the “Iron Man” films. Now, he is using his celebrity muscle to make a movie about jazz icon Miles Davis. But he needs more cash for the project — and has turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo…

Texts, tweets and Tumblr blogs: Meet the ‘alt lit’ writers bringing poetry to a new audience

Steve Roggenbuck published his first YouTube video (that I know about) in 2010: close-ups of a chapbook of short poems set to a jarring yet beautiful electronic soundtrack. It was followed by hundreds more: often shouty, urgent diatribes with titles such as “make something beautiful before you are dead” and “I…

Canada’s Great North comic superhero Captain Canuck returns after a 30-year hiatus

Captain Canuck was born in Winnipeg in July 1975. He had super strength, good manners and a Maple Leaf on his head. He disappeared, after 14 issues, in 1984, and he was gone - until now.…

Soul singer Bobby Womack dies at 70

By John Lewis (contributor), theguardian.com Soul great who worked with musicians from Sam Cooke to Damon Albarn has died after career spanning nearly six decades Bobby Womack, who has died aged 70, was one of the great soul singers, who, in a professional career that lasted nearly six decades, worked…

CNBC caught soliciting essay that would call global warming a ‘hoax’

An editor for business-friendly CNBC — which has featured climate-change denialists in the past — was caught trying to solicit another skeptic for an op-ed on its website. According to the progressive blog Republic Report, CNBC.com sent an invitation to retired economist Alan Carlin to give his opinion regarding “Risky…

‘Daily Show’ illustrates how women navigate ‘obstacle course of sexual menace’ on campus

“The Daily Show” took aim Wednesday at the rape culture on American college campuses in a skit that showed the lengths women must take to avoid becoming victims of sexual assault. Jon Stewart discussed a recent case at James Madison University, which expelled three fraternity brothers upon graduation who sexually…

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